Avalanche vs. Kings - 1/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (25-11-2) at Colorado Avalanche (18-18-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +123 / Los Angeles Kings -136 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche square off Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Los Angeles Kings look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Drew Doughty has 17 assists and Jeff Carter has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 68 goals on 886 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 12 goals on 197 shots. Quick has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look for consistency after splitting their last four games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 17 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and Jarome Iginla has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Kings are 14-3 in their last 17 vs. Western Conference and 25-10 in their last 35 overall. The Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Kings are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Avalanche have not beaten the Kings since November of 2013. Add the fact the Kings are on a roll right now and have flat out beaten up on Western teams, I'll tke the road team for the reasonable price.